The "cur" breeds' roots are in remote and rural parts of the U.S., where coming home with something to eat mattered far more than standardized looks. As standardization began, this particular breed still kept his wide variety in size and colors. Today, he remains a hunter, guardian, and stock dog. He is famous for bringing home squirrels, raccoons, and all types of big game, and he is, not surprisingly, an outstanding tree dog.
photo by David Schneider, While Plains Kennels